Photos by Sandra Michaud

For a special last weekend in June, the Virus Theater presented the two plays that were produced during its Summer Children’s Theater Workshops.

The first play, “Brer Rabbit and Friends” was written by Maria Casler, weaving together three of the classic tales about the mischief making rabbit. Despite Brer Rabbit’s escapades, she and her friends finally work together to help all the animals in the forest get a drink at the waterhole from which Brer Wolf was keeping them.

This play was a production of the Children’s Circus/Theater Workshop and was directed by Kristen Warnack, Maria Casler and Teresa Dahl-Bredine. Acrobatics, dancing and quips among the characters kept the action moving along.

The second play, presented after a brief intermission, “It’s a Funny World We Live In” was written by Melanie Zipin and the Teen Theater Ensemble and directed by Melanie Zipin, Kristen Warnack and Assistant Directors Jessa Tumposky and Teresa Dahl-Bredine. In it, young girls from separate worlds wonder what lies beyond a boundary that divides them. When it collapses their worlds collide and they learn that there is much more to life than they first imagined. They found that they had much more in common than they had originally thought.

“It’s a Funny World We Live In” was written by a process that brought together the writers, performers and directors to collaborate in bringing real world problems and elements to the stage.

The Teen Tech Workshop youth provided all the hard work of set building, stage crew, lighting and sound.

“Brer Rabbit and Friends”

Brer Rabbit Lila Knadler
Brer Fox Kai Casler
Brer Wolf Jordan Fager
Brer Bear Dominic Rasmussen
Jojo the Deer Alex Buchanan
Hannah the Deer Abigail Beckworth
Anti the Antilope Kira Shay
Bob the Elk Aaron Armendariz
Wise Turtle Samera Castillo
Wise Toad Eleo Warner

Cottontail Faith Pellegrino
Fluff Grace Dahl-Bredine
Hopper Amy Bencomo

Rascal Dara Werber-Raiter
Raucous Nico Sherwood

Mama J Jordyn Andazola
Maria Casler
Hester Mya Arrey
Javi Emma Beckworth

“It’s a Funny World We Live In”

Lulu Jordyn Martinez
Tiffany Lily Myers
Brittney Maya Reeves
Agnes Minnie Metcalf
Loopi Kristen Warnack
Lipi Jessa Tumposky

The Tech Kids

Jasper Bingham         Stage crew, spotlight, sound effects, props
Joseph Castello        Carpenter, painter, stitcher
Colin Casler              Stagehand, sound board, props
Phoenix Ford           Light board, props
Kashius Ford            Sound board, stagehand, sound effects, props
Yureau Rice             Carpenter, painter, stitcher, props
Tigerlily Warner         Light board, props
Willow Wood             Stagehand, props

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